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Sonil Nanda, Postdoctoral Fellow

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

  • Valorization of biogenic wastes for production of renewable fuels and chemicals through advanced pyrolysis techniques
  • Utilization of biochar for applications in carbon sequestration, materials engineering and agriculture.

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. (York University, Canada) | 2014
  • M.Sc. (VIT University, India) | 2009
  • B.Sc. (Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India) | 2007

 

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Sonil Nanda is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) at Western University in Ontario, Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Biology from York University, Canada in 2014. His Ph.D. study was multidisciplinary in nature with applied research in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Biotechnology pursued at University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Sonil completed his M.Sc. in Applied Microbiology from VIT University, India (2009) and B.Sc. in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India (2007).

With special attention to various biogenic waste characterization and conversion, Sonil’s research expertise is in biomass pyrolysis, supercritical water gasification and microbial fermentation technology. He has published extensively in the areas of physicochemical characterization of lignocellulosic biomass, biochar and bio-oil, as well as gasification process optimization, hydrothermal flames, carbon sequestration, and environmental waste remediation. Sonil’s works have been focusing on producing next-generation biofuels such as bio-oil, bioethanol, biobutanol and synthesis gas by transforming the wastes resources through thermochemical and biochemical routes.

Sonil is a member of many scientific associations, a few of which include Chemical Institute of Canada, Combustion Institute in USA, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Indian Science Congress Association, and Association of Microbiologist of India. He continually participates in speaking at technical and public forums for creating awareness about green technologies, biofuels and waste management.

 

Publications (selected)

  1. Nanda S., Gong M., Hunter H.N., Dalai A.K., Gökalp I., Kozinski J.A. (2017). An assessment of pinecone gasification in subcritical, near-critical and supercritical water. Fuel Processing Technology 168, 84-96.
  2. Nanda S., Naik S.N., Kozinski J.A., Dalai A.K. (2017). A review on Indian biomass supply chain and biofuel activities. Journal of Sustainable Planet 8, 17-26.
  3. Nanda S., Rana R., Zheng Y., Kozinski J.A., Dalai A.K. (2017). Insights on pathways for hydrogen generation from ethanol. Sustainable Energy and Fuels 1, 1232-1245.
  4. Nanda S., Golemi-Kotra D., McDermott J.C., Dalai A.K., Gökalp I., Kozinski J.A. (2017). Fermentative production of butanol: Perspectives on synthetic biology. New Biotechnology 37, 210-221.
  5. Reddy S.N., Nanda S., Hegde U.G., Hicks M.C., Kozinski J.A. (2017). Ignition of n-propanol–air hydrothermal flames during supercritical water oxidation. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 36, 2503-2511.
  6. Nanda S., Dalai A.K., Kozinski J.A. (2016). Supercritical water gasification of timothy grass as an energy crop in the presence of alkali carbonate and hydroxide catalysts. Biomass and Bioenergy 95, 378-387.
  7. Nanda S., Dalai A.K., Gökalp I., Kozinski J.A. (2016). Valorization of horse manure through catalytic supercritical water gasification. Waste Management 52, 147-158.
  8. Nanda S., Reddy S.N., Dalai A.K., Kozinski J.A. (2016). Subcritical and supercritical water gasification of lignocellulosic biomass impregnated with nickel nanocatalyst for hydrogen production. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 41, 4907-4921.
  9. Nanda S., Isen J., Dalai A.K., Kozinski J.A. (2016). Gasification of fruit wastes and agro-food residues in supercritical water. Energy Conversion and Management 110, 296-306.
  10. Nanda S., Dalai A.K., Berruti F., Kozinski J.A. (2016). Biochar as an exceptional bioresource for energy, agronomy, carbon sequestration, activated carbon and specialty materials. Waste and Biomass Valorization 7, 201-235. (Springer Best Paper for 2017 – Award Winning and Most Popular Paper)
  11. Nanda S., Reddy S.N., Hunter H.N., Butler I.S., Kozinski J.A. (2015). Supercritical water gasification of lactose as a model compound for valorization of dairy industry effluents. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 54, 9296-9306.
  12. Nanda S., Reddy S.N., Hunter H.N., Dalai A.K., Kozinski J.A. (2015). Supercritical water gasification of fructose as a model compound for waste fruits and vegetables. The Journal of Supercritical Fluids 104, 112-121.
  13. Nanda S., Azargohar R., Dalai A.K., Kozinski J.A. (2015). An assessment on the sustainability of lignocellulosic biomass for biorefining. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 50, 925-941.
  14. Reddy S.N., Nanda S., Hegde U.G., Hicks M.C., Kozinski J.A. (2015). Ignition of hydrothermal flames. RSC Advances 5, 36404-36422.
  15. Nanda S., Mohammad J., Reddy S.N., Kozinski J.A., Dalai A.K. (2014). Pathways of lignocellulosic biomass conversion to renewable fuels. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery 4, 157-191.
  16. Nanda S., Azargohar R., Kozinski J.A., Dalai A.K. (2014). Characteristic studies on the pyrolysis products from hydrolyzed Canadian lignocellulosic feedstocks. Bioenergy Research 7, 174-191.
  17. Reddy S.N., Nanda S., Dalai A.K., Kozinski J.A. (2014). Supercritical water gasification of biomass for hydrogen production. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 39, 6912-6926.
  18. Azargohar R., Nanda S., Kozinski J.A., Dalai A.K., Sutarto R. (2014). Effects of temperature on the physicochemical characteristics of fast pyrolysis bio-chars derived from Canadian waste biomass. Fuel 125, 90-100.
  19. Mohanty P., Nanda S., Pant K.K., Naik S., Kozinski J.A., Dalai A.K. (2013). Evaluation of the physiochemical development of biochars obtained from pyrolysis of wheat straw, timothy grass and pinewood: Effects of heating rate. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 104, 485-493.
  20. Nanda S., Mohanty P., Pant K.K., Naik S., Kozinski J.A., Dalai A.K. (2013). Characterization of North American lignocellulosic biomass and biochars in terms of their candidacy for alternate renewable fuels. Bioenergy Research 6, 663-677.
 

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